My self portrait inspired by David Hockney

I was Inspired by David Hockney and Dawn Mococia.

I did a mixed media portrait 

My self portrait inspired by David Hockney

Following a trip to the Ferrer’s Centre (Staunton Harold, Leicestershire), I was inspired by some of the artwork I saw in the Ferrer’s Gallery to create a mixed media piece of art.

I decided to try to blend my love of both photography and watercolour. Not a natural blend, this presented several challenges.

Firstly, It Was trial and error to find how much I could actually put on the paper without it looking to plain but not to busy.

Secondly, I struggled to find colours that compliment each other and don't look a mess, I didn't fully succeed but it looked better than it did before I reset it. 

Also I printed of lots of photos but only found a couple of them useful as I found myself trying  to get as many photos as possible but I would make it look to busy so removed most of them.

I tried smaller copies so I could see the colour combination and what compliments what and where I should put each colour and how much of it. All together I made about 4 different pieces and chose the one I liked best.

I like my final piece but there is more than one thing that I would change if I did It again

I am unhappy with the photos I chose to use and I would chose differently but overall it turned out better than i had hoped so I am happy with my work. 

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8 Comments

  • Luke Taylor

    On 2 January 2018, 11:50 Luke Taylor Contributor commented:

    Fab stuff Lily!

  • Carol Leach

    On 30 July 2018, 15:38 Carol Leach commented:

    This is very interesting, why did you choose watercolour? That was an unusual choice with photographs!

  • Lily Larkum

    On 31 July 2018, 10:09 Lily Larkum commented:

    My inspiration was David Hockney and he often did self portraits using photography, So i decided to do a self portrait of myself, but of my personality a bedroom style and my different hobbies.
    I used photography,watercolour painting, collage and scrap booking techniques all in one piece of art.

  • Eve Larkum

    On 2 August 2018, 11:13 Eve Larkum commented:

    why did you choose the photos that you have, on the piece?

  • Lily Larkum

    On 2 August 2018, 11:17 Lily Larkum commented:

    I was creating a self portrait of my personality so I took photos of items in my room so it could be a part of my self portrait.

  • Carol Leach

    On 2 August 2018, 18:31 Carol Leach commented:

    so not just watercolours then, lots of mixed media!

  • Lily Larkum

    On 8 September 2018, 13:00 Lily Larkum commented:

    No, its Not just watercolours, i wanted to add some of my own skills to the piece and make it my own, I wanted to make it a mixed media piece with as many different medias as possible. So yes, lots of mixed media.

  • Carol Leach

    On 13 September 2018, 10:25 Carol Leach commented:

    very interesting

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